Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Robbing Scotland to pay for wars

What do the following countries have in common?

GDP (ppp) per capita

1 Luxembourg $63,609
2 Norway $40,005
4 Ireland $37,663

These countries are rich and they are independent.

In Scotland, 47% of individuals survive on under £10,000 per year.

According to Gordon Brown, 5 December 2005, Blair's New Labour government is to increase its spending on the Iraq war and on defence and security.

Meanwhile in Glasgow, 42 per cent of families are reliant on income support.

Severe poverty in Scotland is not being reduced. http://aangirfan.blogspot.com/2005/12/severe-poverty-in-uk-no-improvement-in.html

What about Scotland's oil wealth? http://aangirfan.blogspot.com/2005/09/scotlands-true-oil-wealth-was-hidden.html http://aangirfan.blogspot.com/2005/10/scotland-average-earnings-would-stand.html

According to The Herald, 6 December 2005:

Gordon Brown, on 5 December 2005, imposed a swingeing £6.5bn tax rise on North Sea oil and gas to offset the effects of a slowdown in the economy, provoking fury from the industry and Scottish politicians.They accused the chancellor of raiding firms to plug a hole in the Treasury's finances, which could send the North Sea into potentially terminal decline.

Mr Brown, delivering his ninth pre-Budget report, revealed plans to double the supplementary North Sea charge from the 10% he introduced in 2002 to 20%.The increase means firms will pay tax at 50% on North Sea profits from next April, generating an extra £6.5bn tax revenue for the Treasury over the following three years...

Alex Salmond, SNP leader, was scathing. "What Brown is doing is a smash-and-grab raid to fill the gap in the Treasury's books. Brown's black hole is being filled by the black, black oil. Thousands of Scottish jobs are being sacrificed tomorrow for billions for Brown today."

Derek Brownlee, Tory MSP, said: "There will now be some oilfields in the North Sea paying 75% tax overall, which will hit them hard. It would appear that the Scottish Executive's representations to Westminster have been ignored again."

For how much longer will the Scots refuse to become independent?



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